Arkansas goes Dancing
The University of Arkansas was one of six Southeastern Conference teams selected to the 2005 NCAA Volleyball Tournament last Sunday. The Lady Razorbacks (20-11) travel to Missouri facing Saint Mary’s (California) (19-9) in the first round, Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady’Backs face Saint Mary’s
Arkansas faces Saint Mary’s in the first round at 5:30 p.m. This is the first meeting for Arkansas and the Gaels in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady’Backs have faced the Gaels once before in the first year of volleyball at Arkansas. The Lady’Backs suffered an 11-15, 15-8, 7-15, 15-8, 13-15 loss to the Gaels as part of the San Francisco Tournament.
Support staff only
Arkansas head coach Chris Poole and volunteer assistant coach Denise Baez are the only two Lady’Back coaches who were hear during the first meeting with Saint Mary’s. Baez was a sophomore middle for Arkansas in the match.
Others in the bracket
Arkansas finds itself in the State College Regional with the first and second rounds taking place in Columbia, Mo. Also at Columbia is No. 10 Missouri and Missouri State.
Arkansas was also sent to Missouri for first round NCAA Tournament action last year. The Lady’Backs faced Missouri suffering a four-game loss in the opening match.
Arkansas against the bracket
The Lady’Backs have not faced Saint Mary’s or Missouri this year but did play Missouri State earlier this season. The Lady’Backs dropped the match in four games in Springfield, Mo., as part of the Results Advertising Classic.
About the SEC
INDIANAPOLIS The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced today the 64-team field for the 2005 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket.
The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. The SEC had two teams seeded nationally, with Florida ranked #8 and Tennessee ranked #15 by the committee. These two schools will host first and second round action in Gainesville and Knoxville, respectively when play begins on Thursday.
The Big 12 Conference led all conferences with seven teams selected. Three conferences landed six teams including the Big Ten Conference, Pacific-10 Conference and Southeastern Conference.
The six teams selected in the SEC are a record for the conference, shattering the previous high of four teams. This will also mark the first time in SEC history that four or more teams were selected to the NCAA Tournament field in consecutive years. Along with SEC Regular Season Champion Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky,. LSU and Tennessee were chosen to participate in the postseason tournament. The University of Alabama is one of four teams making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history.
Some of Arkansas’ numbers
The Lady Razorbacks finished the regular season with 1800 kills, an impressive number. Despite that good number, it ranks 11th all time. The record is 2170 kills in a season set in 1996. Despite the seemingly low number of kills, Arkansas has had a lot of chances — 4652 in fact. That number ranks eighth all time. The Lady’Backs’ team hitting percentage of .228 ranks tied for seventh. Arkansas’ dig numbers are also good with 1799 this year ranking eighth while the blocking stands out. Arkansas has recorded 696 block assists, third all-time, and has 401.0 total blocks ranking sixth, just a block-and-a-half behind the number five spot.
I’m a gamer
Arkansas is 9-4 in three-game matches, 4-4 in four game matches and 7-3 in five-game matches this year.
Arkansas in the middle
The Lady’Backs have won 21 game twos and 20 game threes this year. Here’s Arkansas’ games won breakdown: